Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Yes it’s true. This Charming Candy will be a vendor at this July’s huge 2-day Urban Craft Uprising show in Seattle. Kate’s making the trip up from Sunnyvale so that we can handle what we hope will be massive throngs of candy-crazed customers!
Our agenda is not an all-work-and-no-play deal, however. I would not be surprised if we watched a mutual favorite movie – Drew Barrymore’s Never Been Kissed. We quote that to each other ALL THE TIME.
Also of top importance: we’re going to eat some of our Twilight-inspired Love Triangle lollipops and see the movie Eclipse. I think we probably need to get organized and get our IMAX tickets from Pacific Science Center soon, because she won’t be in town for very long. The other gripping question is whether either of us will break down and see it when it opens.
Are you doing anything for Eclipse? We’d be delighted to hook you up with mass quantities of Blood Suckers…
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
One of the perks of being a lollipop business is all the “sucker” puns that are possible. Check out these adorable cartoons that our friends Justine and Amy have recently passed along:
Monday, May 24, 2010
There are some albums that I often turn to when I’m wrapping the silver ties around the lollipops to close their bags. One of them is LOVEWORLD by Seattle band U.S.E.
What I do in the kitchen can’t really be considered ‘dancing’ per se, but you can definitely find me bobbing my head and jamming as much as I can while standing fairly still and staying focused on the task at hand.
K.I.S.S.I.N.G. is one of my favorite tracks. I'm trying to embed the video from their site:
Amazingly, the band has a “pay-what-you-wish” policy for their downloadable tracks at http://store.usemusic.com/ – do yourself a huge favor and buy everything they have :-)
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Wow, I just realized that our next big craft show, Urban Craft Uprising, is less than two months away.
UCU is a 2-day show in Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall that takes place July 10-11 this year. It features over 120 vendors of high-quality, amazing handmade goods. I picked up several wonderful and totally original gifts for friends and family at last year’s summer and winter shows, and I’m excited and honored to be on the other side of the transactions this time :-)
And I need to point out that the insanely adorable graphic on the UCU homepage was designed by Jessie, the cakespy! She’ll be selling her artwork at UCU, so definitely mark your calendar.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Kate & I are huge fans of the TV show Glee, and are huge fans of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and pretty much all things Joss Whedon… so yeah. To say we will squee for this week’s episode of Glee is an understatement.
You too? What else makes you squee?
Monday, May 17, 2010
One of the best parts of my job is being present when someone tries our lollipops for the first time, or tries a new flavor for the first time. It’s one of the reasons that I love selling our candy in-person at local craft shows.
Just this month, I was fortunate enough to watch people try several flavors:
“This is my new favorite flavor!” (Pistachio-Marshmallow)
“At first I was thinking, well how good could a sucker really be, honestly. WHAT DID YOU PUT IN THIS TO MAKE IT SO ADDICTING!?” (Salted Caramel)
“Wow, the more I eat this the more I like it” (Nutmeg Creme)
“This is incredible.” (Blood Sucker)
At the end of nearly every Hold Steady concert I’ve been to, and I’ve been to at least 7 or 8, Craig Finn says something to the effect of: “There is so much joy in what we do” and he offers heartfelt thanks to the audience for letting the band do what they love to do.
Kate and I want to offer our thanks to you, our amazing customers: for your support, for your encouragement, and for your appreciation. It means more to us than we can ever express. Thank you!
Friday, May 14, 2010
Every time I make a batch of lollipops, I think the moments I most look forward are those when the drops of color hit the boiling syrup. I just love watching the surging bubbles carry the beautiful hues across the mixture, distributing it everywhere.
I work hard to perfect the color for each flavor because we here at This Charming Candy aren’t content merely to offer candy that’s uniquely delicious – we’re suckers for gorgeousness (pun intended).
Teaberry is one of my absolute favorites in the beauty department. It has a marvelously refreshing wintergreen flavor that just screams out for sparkle. I use a couple of different colors to create the effect that I hope you can see in the photo above, including shimmery sheen that adds depth and a subtle internal sparkle to the candy.
photo by Kevin Keeker
Thursday, May 13, 2010
More than once, we’ve heard someone remark that our lollipops are “too beautiful to eat.”
We beg to differ! They are exactly beautiful enough to eat.